Introduction to Handcrafted Leather Workshop

I could tell you that you will LOVE this workshop but I know that it’s better to experience something yourself than be told, so I won’t say a thing about how much you’ll enjoy it.  I’ll just give you the details … 🙂

This workshop is packed with both theory and practical.  It is designed for adults, with little or no previous experience in leatherwork, who want to learn the fundamental skills of creating leather art; the focus being on ‘hand’ craft.

Teaching Leatherwork


Gain basic knowledge and skills in working with vegetable tanned, full grain (cow/bovine) leather and learn how to make your own pouch by:

  • Identifying vegetable tanned leather and understanding its quality and potential use
  • Marking around patterns and cutting leather
  • Hand stitching neatly and consistently
  • Finishing edges by bevelling and burnishing
  • Tooling designs.

For your benefit, workshops are limited to 3 students so that you receive the attention you deserve.

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From my home studio in beautiful Maleny – Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia.  I will send you my address and further information when your booking is confirmed.


  • Leather – for practice and your pouch
  • Fittings (press studs, etc) if you choose to use this method to fasten your pouch
  • Use of tools
  • Choice of two colours to stain your pouch
  • Downloadable pdf version of the booklet used during the workshop
  • Access to the Introduction to Handcrafted Leather Facebook group (only for participants of the workshops)
  • Morning/afternoon tea – tea/coffee and biscuits/cake
  • Walk away with a great looking pouch
  • The knowledge and skills to go out on your own and make more!


Price – $450

Value – A relaxed environment where you have the freedom to express your own creativity, gain the knowledge to continue on with leatherwork if you wish and a friendly, happy and enthusiastic teacher whose passion is sharing these skills with you.

See what past students have had to say – Testimonials

‘Introduction to Handcrafted Leather’ is absolutely worth the time and financial contribution.  Elizabeth by nature, and in her craft, is a gem.”


Testimonials for The Happy Viking Leather Workshops


The perfect pouch to use for your phone, tarot cards, money, tobacco … whatever you want!

Handcrafted items do take time.  To gain the most from the workshop, and to ensure that you walk away with a finished pouch, I pre-cut the pieces for you.  This allows you to get started your project as quickly as possible.

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To book and secure your place, a deposit is required two weeks prior to commencement of the workshop to allow me sufficient time to obtain supplies.  Please choose the relevant option (deposit) for the date of the workshop you wish to attend and add it to your shopping cart.

The balance is required one week before commencement.

If booking within a week of the workshop commencement date, full payment is required.

Payment can be made using PayPal or bank transfer (EFT).

Before booking, please take time to read the Terms & Conditions that includes the Refunds & Cancellation Policy.

Once your payment and booking has been successful, you will receive confirmation from me.


“Creativity can solve almost any problem”. George Lois

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Workshops for 2017



Workshops are held both Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with a lunch break from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to find out about workshops at other times.  I’m happy to accommodate you where possible.

Click the date to book in

21 & 22 October

11 & 12 November


Please note:  Due to work commitments, I no longer hold week day workshops. 


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Once you have enrolled in a workshop and made your deposit, please send me a copy, if possible, of the design that you would like to use.  This is to ensure that your project is achievable and saves time on your first day.

If you are finding it hard to come up with a design, please let me know. I will be happy to discuss it with you and also have a range of Celtic, Viking and other designs that you are welcome to use.


Please wear clothes that don’t matter if they get dirty or stained. It doesn’t always happen but it’s best to be prepared!  Also, Maleny does get really cold in Winter (and sometimes pretty cool in other seasons) so I would suggest bringing a jumper – just in case.

Please bring your own herbal teas and other drinks/snacks if you wish to have them in addition to the morning tea that I supply.

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Please note that my dog and cat live inside and will be in the house.  They are very friendly. 🙂

Mynni - my loyal companion                                          My cat and little "helper" - Taj

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If you don’t live close by, you might be interested in my online course – coming soon.  Watch this space!

Interested in finding out when the course will be ready? Ask me now.



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There are many places to choose from in and around Maleny but the following are all within walking distance from my home studio:

“5 minute walk from the main street”  – situated within a 2 minute walk from my workshop studio

“Our back room, has been styled in an Asian them with a Queen sized bed and fresh linen. Your room is situated very close to most popular Maleny Wedding Venues. You have use of Laundry & Kitchen. Pod coffee machine & tea facilities & outside areas.”

“5 minute walk to town” – situated within a 2 minute walk from my workshop studio

“We have a Queen sized bedroom with a shared bathroom with other room. Use of kitchen, our lounge with TV. Beautiful garden & outdoor areas. Unsuitable for elderly or children under 12. Both bedrooms are upstairs. Ceiling fans & Heater in rooms.”

The rooms above are listed on airbnb – one of the most popular ways to book accommodation around the world.  All you need to do is take the time to register your ID (upload a copy of your passsport or driver’s licence) and make a profile.  It may take up to an hour to register but if you are patient, you’ll be rewarded with being able to book into fantastic accommodation for great prices every time you go away.

‘Pomodoras’ – situated within a 5 minute walk from my workshop studio  

Offering Maleny’s first ever unique luxury cabin accommodation within walking distance to Maleny’s main Maple Street frontage. Each of the five cabins has a private deck which looks out into the tree tops above the Obi Obi Creek. During your stay keep your eyes peeled as you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the much loved and talked about Obi Obi Creek Platypus. Our Sunshine Coast Hinterland Accommodation can sleeps up to 4 people – Children friendly – *addtional charges apply.


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Leather - It comes from what was once a living creature

I know this is pretty obvious but you will be surprised by how many people don’t actually think about it.  Leather comes from what once was a living creature.  Whether you are going to be doing leatherwork as a hobby or making a business from it, I want you to be aware of where leather comes from and encourage you to have respect for the animal that was, use the leather wisely and sparingly and be grateful.

If you are thinking about becoming a leatherworker, then I’d like you to think about these two things first:

–   Be aware of where your leather is coming from

This is taken from PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website: “Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals. Most of the leather in the U.S. and Europe comes from India, China, and other countries that either have no animal welfare laws or have laws that go largely or completely unenforced.”

–   Be aware of what you are creating and what’s happening with your finished product

Are you creating pieces that are unique and individual, products that people love, want and actually purchase?


Are you playing part in the crazy consumerism and mass production by adding to the millions of shops that have tonnes of leather stock sitting on shelves, waiting to be purchased?

I choose to specialise in custom orders and have limited amount of stock for festivals and online presence.

Of course, being aware doesn’t take away the fact that we are using an animal that has been killed for its skin. There’s no way I can make that sound better and I don’t want to. I want to encourage others to be aware of the part they are playing and to take responsibility for the decisions that they make.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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